Q+A: International evaluation specialists Emma Rotondo and Rodrigo Paz Ybarnebaray on the QoR4D Frame of Reference workshop
Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service
On February 27 and 28, 2023, the CGIAR’s Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES) held a workshop in Rome, Italy about its new set of evaluation guidelines. These build on the CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC)’s Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D) Frame of Reference, and provide the framing, criteria, dimensions, and methods for assessing QoR4D – both within CGIAR, and in other like-minded organizations. The hybrid online and in-person event was designed to help practitioners across and beyond the CGIAR system to understand and apply the new guidelines in their own evaluative contexts.
We spoke to evaluation consultants Emma Rotondo and Rodrigo Paz Ybarnegaray to find out more about their experiences of the workshop and aspirations in this arena going forward. Rotondo is an international evaluation consultant based in Peru. She is the president of the Peruvian Evaluation Network, and the founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematisation (ReLAC). Paz Ybarnegaray, meanwhile, is an international evaluation specialist based in Bolivia. He is currently Evidence and Impact Manager for the Cadasta Foundation, but previously worked as an independent evaluation consultant – including for several CGIAR centers.